Ventura authorities charged four people with theft following multiple commercial burglaries in Thousand Oaks. Police arrested the group after a wild chase that started in Camarillo and ended in Santa Barbara County.
Authorities say that the four, who reside in the San Francisco area, targeted Ventura County businesses. The four conducted an organized retail theft operation, and stole more than $100,000 in merchandise from Los Angeles and Ventura area businesses. Authorities say that the operation netted more than $1M in stolen merchandise across the state.
Store owners alerted police to the group’s activities last month at The Oaks mall. Police also connected the crew to several burglaries and strong-arm robberies in Glendale and Camarillo. According to police, the group stole more than $10,000 in merchandise in a single day.
Police contacted the group in late March and attempted to stop them. Instead, the suspects led police on a lengthy chase at speeds that sometimes exceeded 100 m.p.h. Police stopped the car after successfully deploying “stop sticks” in Gaviota. Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered more than $15,000 in stolen merchandise.
Prosecutors charged each member of the group with conspiracy, burglary and possession of burglary tools. In addition, they charged the driver with felony evading. Three of the four subjects pled guilty to the charges and are being held pending sentencing.
Ventura Theft lawyer
Repeat felony convictions in California can put you in danger of lifetime imprisonment, thanks to the state’s Three Strikes Law. If you’re facing felony theft charges, hire an experienced theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.
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